Whoopi Goldberg, Martin Lawrence and Fox’s “In Living Color” were the big winners at the first Soul Train Comedy Awards, garnering two awards apiece.
Hosted by Sinbad and Debbie Allen, the show was taped before an audience Tuesday at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and will be syndicated nationally by Tribune Entertainment, during an Aug. 16-22 window.
It will air on more than 110 stations, covering 90% of African-American households.
Winners picked by poll
Winners were picked by a poll of more than 3,000 blacks from both the public and entertainment industry, with prizes for the year’s funniest film, television and stand-up comedy performers specializing in African-American humor.
Arsenio Hall garnered the evening’s top prize, the Richard Pryor Entertainer of the Year Award, which was presented by Pryor and executive producer Don Cornelius.
Goldberg won for actress in a film comedy for “Sister Act” and female standup comic; Lawrence won actor in a sitcom for “Martin” and male standup comic; Kim and Damon Wayans took home the actress and actor in a TV sketch comedy for “In Living Color.”
Jasmine Guy won for actress in a sitcom for “A Different World”; Eddie Murphy won actor in a film comedy for “Boomerang,” and Sinbad won for his comedy special “Brain Damaged.”